15 September 2023
Last night was the inaugural Waikato Pacific Business Network dinner, celebrating Waikato Pacific business excellence and recognising the success stories, innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the Waikato region and the New Zealand economy. 180 guests attended the sold-out event at the stunning K’aute Pasifika Fale.
Chairperson for Waikato Pacific Business Network, Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau, is ecstatic and humbled by the support and love the community has shown for Pasifika businesses in Waikato.
“Our Pasifika communities want a desire to come and celebrate Pasifika, and I think for a very long time we’ve been invisible in the private sector and in businesses and entrepreneurship, but our Pasifika people are starting to shine and it’s wonderful to see mainstream businesses of the Waikato support the vision and the heart of the WPBN.”
A special thank you to our Keynote speaker John Fiso. (ONZM), the entertainers Moala Malua, Polly Moala and Setaita Vao Unuoi Jr Moala, and our two MCs Riki Manarangi and Teuila Maggof. A huge thank you to our sponsors Tompkins Wake, PCM Consulting Ltd, Safe365, Pacific Business Trust, Deloitte, LM4 Group, Montana Food & Events, and H3 Group NZ. Also a huge thank you to our platinum sponsor, Trust Waikato and the wonderful team at K’aute Pasifika Trust.
A huge congratulations to our category recipients! We were so proud and honoured to showcase your amazing entrepreneurship, leadership, and the journey it took to navigate you along the pathway to success.
Waikato Pacific Business Excellence Recipients 2023
Entrepreneur – Sponsored by Tompkins Wake
Josh Stowers – Mixmaster
Robbie & Jacina Stapleton – Your Local House Wash & Pest Control Hamilton
Social Enterprise – Sponsored by Trust Waikato
Pivot Bail Accommodation Ltd
Talents of the Pacific Academy
Deep Dive Division
Young Entrepreneur – Sponsored by PCM Consulting
Grace Ratima – ACIE Designs
Construction and Trade – Sponsored by Safe 365
JP Landscaping Ltd
TJ Brothers Construction Ltd
Waikato Shutters & Blinds Ltd
Leadership in the Marketplace – Sponsored by Pacific Business Trust
Felila Asiata-Feausi – Oyonnx Ltd
Ray Allen – Code Avengers
Women in Business – Sponsored by Deloitte
Meleane Burgess – Dynamic Advisory Ltd
Taimaaiono Grace Stowers – Hartson Stowers Law
Nanise Ginnen – Impact Hub Waikato
International Business – Sponsored by LM4 Group
LT8 Design & Fabrication Ltd
Surgeons on Clarence
Legacy Award – Sponsored by Waikato Pacific Business Network
Meta Tyrell – LM4 Group
View the Programme Booklet here.